Books for Cultural Diversity: Hispanic Heritage Month

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Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15) is a great time to discover a new author or pick up a classic.

One Hundred Years of SolitudeOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
This landmark novel established the magical-realism boom in Latin American literature. It is the multigenerational story of the Buendia family and the founding of a town called Macondo.
Eva LunaEva Luna by Isabel Allende
Eva Luna, orphaned at an early age, is the daughter of a professor’s assistant and a gardener. She’s a naturally gifted storyteller who shares the story of her life and the people she meets.
Essential Neruda
The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems (Bilingual Edition) Edited by Mark Eisner 
This dual-language edition draws on the breadth of Neruda’s styles and themes. Featuring an impressive group of translators, poets, and prominent Neruda scholars, the collection includes re-translated and previously untranslated poems.
The Body Where I Was Born
The Body Where I Was Born by Guadalupe Nettel
This is the first novel to appear in English by acclaimed Mexican writer Guadalupe Nettel. Taking readers from Mexico City to Aix-en-Provence and back again, the narrator recounts her bizarre childhood.
How to Travel Without Seeing
How to Travel Without Seeing by Andrés Neuman, translated by Jeffrey Lawrence
“In this series of easily digestible travelogue entries, Neuman reflects on various Latin American cities and the way we travel now.” –Publishers Weekly

Faces in the CrowdFaces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli “[A] haunting debut novel, about a young mother living in Mexico City who writes a novel looking back on her time spent working as a translator of obscure works at a small independent press in Harlem, erodes the concrete borders of everyday life with a beautiful, melancholy contemplation of disappearance.” –Publisher’s Weekly